Sheffield Wednesday: Owls to make player plans

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Stuart Gray hopes to meet Milan Mandaric next week to map out plans for next season.

The Owls manager will want to gain from his chairman an indication of the budget for players.

Also on the agenda will be the futures of 13 players who fall out of contract this summer.

The club have already sounded out Chris Kirkland, who wants to stay.

“I would imagine Chris will have several other options,” said Gray. “It was just putting a marker down to see if he would be interested, I think he’s keen to stay, That will be down to his contract, with his agent and the club agreeing.”

The club have been waiting to make certain of Championship safety before firming up plans, and the priority recently has been getting through a busy programme of fixtures.

Gray said: “I haven’t even sat down with the chairman yet; I don’t know what sort of budget I’ve got for next season.

“I need to sit down with him, Then I’ll be a lot clearer in my own mind about what route we can go down.

“I think we’ve got 14 players who are still under contract, but you’re going to need a squad; you can’t play week in week out with 14. We’ve got to address the situation. I like competition for places as well, where you’ve got maybe two players for each position.”

He added that hopefully he and the chairman can get together early next week,

“We’ve had so many games and been on the bus backwards and forwards, It will be the first time in weeks that we’ve gone Saturday to Saturday with the games. I’ll have an opportunity to see him next week.”